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ERIC Number: EJ938362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Using Stories in an Introductory College Biology Course
Frisch, Jennifer Kreps; Saunders, Gerald
Journal of Biological Education, v42 n4 p164-169 2008
A number of case studies were examined to discover how introductory college biology instructors and their students use stories to make sense of biology concepts. Methods involved observing and transcribing stories told by four instructors over two semesters. Three instructors and 31 students were interviewed. Four story types were identified from the study: personal experience stories, historical anecdotes, extended examples, and "you" stories. Four story purposes were also identified: relating, engaging, illustrating change, and cautionary tale. Students found stories useful if they related to real life and were engaging or humorous. Applications for teaching teachers how to use stories effectively are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A